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The first major item on the agenda was the reports and feedback from constituency groups where the three speakers reported to the Board.

Faculty Senate President Dennis Falcon explained how the Senate passed a resolution affirming that “the faculty has the primary role in planning for the betterment (and) benefit of our students.”

Here is a photo of CCFF President Lynn Wang. She was one of three physical speakers who reported and commented (as constituency group leaders) at the March 9 board meeting. Photo credit: Samuel Chacko

After Falcon presented her report and comments, Lynn Wang (CCFF President) then shared her comments with the Board.

Wang begins by saying that CCFF is here, “to urge you to support our economic proposal and continue to negotiate with CCFF in good faith.”

The CCFF President then explains: “During our negotiation meeting on October 20, 2021, Vice President Lopez indicated that “we are coming off of a good year. We have [a] Surplus of $7 million offset by decrease in expenses”.

Wang pointed out that even though the college had a decline year in the 2021-22 school (in enrollment), the college still forecasts a surplus.

“It’s clear that the college is doing pretty well financially,” Wang said, “Why does the district think faculty are only worth out-of-curricular stipends for the next three years?”

“The college is not committed to fairly compensating our most diverse workforce,” Wang explained, “the college is holding state-provided cost-of-living increases hostage.”

Wang then ended on a high note by talking about the improvements that have been made, namely the protection of health care for all employees, sick leave, the improvement of the collective agreement and the acceptance of ten working protocols. ‘OK.

To learn more about the president of the CCFF and the negotiations, consult the article on union negotiations.

Here is a photo of Irlanda Lopez, president of the California School Employees Association, speaking at the March 9 board meeting.
Here’s a photo of Irlanda Lopez, president of the California School Employees Association, giving her report and summary (since she’s also a constituency group leader) at the March 9 board meeting. Photo credit: Samuel Chacko

The last Constituency Group Leader, Irlanda Lopez, (CESA President) gave a hard-hitting speech on rising gas, food prices and also talked about the planned increases.

Lopez pointed out, “How can we support our students when we, as classified employees, need to use your food bank services?”

We then heard some of the voicemails that were sent. In total, there were 50 voicemails, but only 11 of the voicemails were read.

Most of the voicemails played talked about COLA+, cost-of-living adjustments due to inflation when the district was asked to act in good faith to negotiate.

Following these voicemails, Jemery Ramos was then appointed Student Administrator for the remainder of the school year (2021-2022), Ronda Gartell, Administrative Clerk III, retired and shared a legislative update.

The Ttustees board contracted the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which can help transport students; Reports on sabbaticals and review of board policies (policies 2432, 2510, 2550 and 2610).

After Dr. Jose Fierro (Cerritos College President) officially installed student administrator Jeremy Ramos, they gave a short handshake.  They then took a photo with Ramos and Fierro's family.
After Dr. Jose Fierro (Cerritos College President) officially installed student administrator Jeremy Ramos, they gave a short handshake. They then took a photo with Ramos and Fierro’s family. Photo credit: Samuel Chacko

The provisions of AB 316 were rejected by the board, allowing virtual meetings and not having a majority of the board in person.

The last major item on the agenda was when the Chancellor’s Office Employee of the Year 2022 nominee, America Amado, was officially vetted by the board.

Overall, the most impactful and important part of the recent board meeting was the comments from Falcon, Wang, Lopez and some Cerritos college staff.